Action Alerts

The Physicians Committee


Help our ongoing campaigns to put a stop to unnecessary animal experiments:


Military Training

Human-based medical simulators are standard for 99 percent of civilian trauma training programs – why, because they provide the most effective and efficient training. Yet most U.S. military medical personnel continue to be trained on goats and pigs.

This effort would improve medical training for the military’s first responders while replacing unnecessary animal use.

Animals Used in Experiments

After more than 25 years, the experiments at Wayne State have contributed nothing to treatments for patients suffering from heart failure or hypertension.

Reform Chemical and Cosmetics Testing

Include language in the Personal Care Products Safety Act to require companies to use nonanimal testing approaches and ban the sale and import of animal-tested cosmetics.

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and Paramedic Training

Only two programs in the United States and Canada refuse to use human-relevant medical simulators for Advanced Trauma Life Support training, even as the US military has made the switch.

UW is the only paramedic program in the northwest region of the United States known to use animals to teach emergency procedures instead of implementing modern training methods.

Baystate Medical Center continues to use live animals for ATLS courses while 99 percent of all other programs have modernized their methods.

North Dakota State University is one of only two ATLS programs in the United States and Canada to use animals instead of simulators.

Medical Schools with Live Animal Laboratories

The Chattanooga campus of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine uses animals to teach medical students when 99 percent of accredited medical schools in the United States and Canada exclusively use human-relevant methods.

Pediatrics Residency Programs

Washington University uses cats and ferrets to teach intubation to pediatrics residents when 99 percent of programs in the United States and Canada use human-relevant methods.

Laval University is the only pediatrics program in Canada that uses animals to teach human medicine.

Emergency Medicine Residency Programs

Ask the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences to replace the use of pigs in the school’s Emergency Skills Laboratory with validated human-relevant training methods.

The Vanderbilt University School of Medicine uses live pigs and goats to train residents when 87 percent of surveyed emergency medicine residencies implement nonanimal methods.